Inquests

Peter is presently counsel to the inquests into the 1974 Birmingham bombings and the death of the Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy. He also leading the accountability and reparations investigation in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Peter has considerable experience in dealing with litigation arising from medical and dental treatment, including cases involving catastrophic injuries and death. He has appeared in many inquests, representing coroners and interested persons, from bereaved families to Government departments, including the MOJ and the MOD. He has undertaken a large number of inquests involving detention and medical or psychiatric treatment. In 2014 and 2015, he was invited by the Chief Coroner to provide a series of lectures on the application of Article 2 of the ECHR to inquests.

“He’s very bright, effective and has a very nice, laid-back manner in court.” “He is a really superb public lawyer.”  (Chambers & Partners 2019)

‘He can plot the way through complex issues and his knowledge of coronial law is superb.’ (Legal 500 2018)

“A confident advocate and good communicator.” (Legal 500 2017)

“He comes up with novel ideas, provides a realistic and sensible evaluation of cases and deals with difficult clients well. He just navigates the course through.” “Great on his feet, thinks quickly, sharp as a razor and very articulate.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)

“Simply excellent.” (Legal 500 2016)

Selected Cases

  • Birmingham Bombings Inquests (1974).
  • Alexander Perepilichnyy Inquest.
  • In Amenas Inquest.
  • Coagh Inquest (Northern Ireland).
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